So other than various MMO studios shooting themselves in the foot over the past week — which makes me simultaneously reach for the popcorn and feel bad for them — the big news lately has been the announcement of Cataclysm’s class changes.
Some folks are pretty jazzed, but that’s sort of a default setting to anything Blizzard announces. Heck, even the announcement of an upcoming announcement from them is, like, page one headlines most places. But even though I’ve softened up to WoW and had a good time during the winter getting back into the game, I have to say — I’m as underwhelmed as can be by Cataclysm news thus far.
The new class skills are nice, and I’m glad they’re doing more than just one, yet at the same time there’s nothing grabbing me by my lapels and screaming in my face, “PLAY MEEEE!” In all honesty, my first thought was wondering if the hotbar had enough spare slots to aborb three or four new skills.
I’m also not sensing the same kind of buzzing excitement over this expansion, even though it’s really one of the few Big Things remaining on the MMO schedule this year. Have diminishing returns finally caught up to WoW? Who knows, and predicting this title is a futile exercise anyway. I just haven’t heard anything truly gripping to entice me back come launch day.